GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The daily Covid case county in Mesa county has consistently been in the double digits in the last few weeks.
It’s a rise in numbers that Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of the Mesa County Public Health Department calls Mesa county’s “beginning of a second wave.” It’s arriving just as the state of Colorado is experiencing the 4th wave of Coronavirus cases.
There have been more than 10 outbreaks recently. The positivity rate is over 5 percent. And the county is seeing a high number of hospitalizations.
“We have two churches with outbreaks and three assisted living facilities. We have four schools, one childcare, and a youth services correctional facility,” says Kuhr.
Kuhr says over a quarter of the people testing postive for the coronavirus right now are young people.
“Nine percent of our cases in the last two weeks have been in children zero to nine,” he explains. “With children ten to nineteen in the past two weeks, that was eighteen percent of our cases. So that’s six percent higher than where we’ve been for our entire covid response,” says Kuhr.
While the free to choose resolution in mesa county allows people to choose how to protect themselves, Kuhr says getting vaccinated is the kindest thing people can do, for those who can’t.
“For those individuals, fifteen and under, I think it’s our responsibility of the parents, the grandparents the caregivers, I think we need to protect them by vaccinating ourselves as well.”